Born in Georgia, Cliff and Darlene Miller met and began working together in the jewelry industry in 1984 for an Augusta, Georgia jewelry chain. In 2000, they purchased MJ Christensen Diamonds and uprooted their family to the bright lights of Las Vegas.
Passionate about their trade, both Cliff and Darlene obtained Gemological Institute of America and American Gem Society’s highest educational honors. They both enjoy spending time on the golf course and like to indulge in wine tastings whenever possible. They have a daughter currently in college at Eastern Washington University and a son and daughter-in-law involved in the family business.
While Cliff and Darlene have two jewelry stores, one in Henderson and one in Boca Park near Summerlin, their typical day starts out at the Henderson location where they share an office and are deeply involved in the “back of the house” functions. Most days end at the Boca Park store.
Their inspiration for getting involved in the community is that they feel so blessed and want to give back to those who are less fortunate.
“United Way seemed a natural way to get involved in the community,” said Cliff. “United Way’s focus on immediate needs for food and shelter and their assistance in helping during times of hardship is especially gratifying.”
While Darlene originally began their affiliation with United Way as a Women’s Leadership Council member, joining the Tocqueville Society seemed a natural next step. Cliff and Darlene have been members of the Tocqueville Society for almost three years.
“We have enjoyed meeting and getting to know other people in the community that share our passion for giving back,” said Darlene.
The couple believes that United Way offers many opportunities for southern Nevadans to get involved and assist right here in their own community.
“Volunteer opportunities abound and of course monetary contributions are always helpful,” said Cliff.
The definition of Living United for the Millers is simple — embracing their community and addressing the needs to the best of their ability.
“If you are considering being a part of United Way, think outside of yourself, identify the needs of others that speak to you, and don’t over think it,” said Cliff. “Do good!”